The introduction of specific International Classification of Diseases—10th revision code for rotavirus in 1999 prompted us to examine the US mortality data for 1999–2007 to validate rotavirus-coded deaths. Of 38 rotavirus-coded deaths identified in the national multiple cause-of-death database, results of laboratory testing could be obtained for 21 deaths, all of which had confirmation of rotavirus by either microbiologic or histopathologic testing.
From the *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; †Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN; ‡Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL; §Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, IA; and ¶Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI.
Accepted for publication April 21, 2011.
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